Sibling Conflict during COVID-19 in Families with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

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DatePublished - 27 Nov 2020
Number of pages13
Original languageEnglish

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NamePsyArXiv Preprints


Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SENDs) and their families have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this longitudinal study, sibling conflict in these families during and after the first lockdown in the United Kingdom was investigated. Online questionnaires were completed by 504 parents of young people with SENDs at four time points between 23rd March 2020 and 22nd October 2020 (over half completed the questionnaire at multiple time points). Young people with SENDs were more likely to be picked on or hurt by their siblings as lockdown progressed but there was no change in the rate at which they harmed or picked on their siblings. After lockdown, both perpetration and victimisation decreased. Young people with SENDs with the most severe needs were somewhat protected from sibling conflict. Findings are discussed with reference to implications for support and planning for future pandemics.

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